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According to the Standing Order 8.1, there shall be a Leader of the House, who shall be the primary link between the executive and the Legislature.

8.2 Without derogating from the generality of the aforegoing, the duties of the Leader of the House shall include:

  1. The selection of public bills and/or policies to be presented before Parliament;
  2. The arrangement of Government business in the House
  3. And to this end , he or she shall be a Member of the Business Advisory Committee
  4. The moving of procedural motions relating to the business of the House:
  5. Response , on behalf of the President, to the debate upon the State of the Nation Address where instructed to do so by the President and shall be allotted more time than ordinary Members
  6. The communication to, and with, the Speaker of the day propose dates of prorogation and/ or dissolution of the House as determined by the President and
  7. Chairing All Party Caucus meetings and/or briefings associated with and / or directed to the dispatch of Government business or any aspect thereof.

8.3. By Virtue of his or her office, the Leader of the House shall be a Member of the Business Advisory Committee.

The Leader of the House is also part of the Committee of Selection; it consists of the Speaker as a Chairperson, The Leader of Opposition, The Government Whip, The Opposition Whip and an addition member, not being a Cabinet Minister who shall be a nominee of the Leader of The House.

Business Advisory Committee

Consists of the Speaker as the Chairperson, the Leader of the House, the Leader of the Opposition, the government whip and the Opposition Whip

The duty of the business advisory committee, inter alia;

  1. Consider and recommend any amendments to the Standing orders which it may consider necessary or desirable ;
  2. Review, select and compile Speakers’ rulings from previous meetings for approval as future precedent by the House;
  3. To recommend the allocation of debating time for the state of the National Address, Appropriation Bills, National Development Plans and Mid-term review or other amendments to a national Development Plan with the All-Party Caucus;
  4. To prepare business forecasts, with the respect to the transaction of business in a meeting of Parliament;
  5. Prioritise individual items of business as and when it deems necessary; presents its forecasts and resolutions to the All-Party Caucus at weekly or other intervals during a meeting of the House.

8.4. In the event of the absence, illness or other non-availability of the Leader of the House, the President shall designate in writing another Minister to discharge the duties of the former.

There is also the LEADER OF THE HOUSE’S QUESTION TIME

According to Standing order 40 (B) 1. This is where Members ask questions to the Leader of the House, His Honour the Vice President, Mr. Slumber Tsogwane questions on issues of national, regional and international importance. This happens on every Thursday when Parliament is sitting.

            HOURS OF SITTING

The Speaker shall call upon the Leader of the House, or in his/ her absence, the most Senior Minister present to move “That this House do now adjourn”.

VARIATION OF SITTING HOURS

The Leader of the House, in his/ her absence, the most Senior Minister present may without notice, at the time appointed in Standing order no. 30 “ Daily Routine of Business” or at any convenient time after the commencement of public business, move-

  1. that any subsequent sitting should commence at some time other than 14:30hrs;
  2. that at that day’s or any subsequent sitting business should be interrupted at some time other than 18:00hrs;
  3. that the proceedings or any specified business be exempted at that day’s sitting from the provisions of paragraph (4)of Standing order no. 26 ( Hours of Sitting);
  4. And any such motion shall be decided without amendment.